Game times for the NSW Swifts 2014 regular season have today been announced by the ANZ Championship.
On making the announcement, the ANZ Championship confirmed all 65 regular season matches will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS in Australia and SKY Sport in New Zealand throughout the 17-week season including the ANZ Championship Finals Series which concludes at the end of June. Additionally in Australia one match per week will be simulcast live from 12.00pm (AEDST) each Sunday on free-to-air television via SBS 2.
The NSW Swifts returned for pre-season training on Monday 2 December under new Head Coach Rob Wright. In addition to a new look coaching team, there are six (6) fresh faces in the playing roster for season 2014, including current Australian Diamonds Caitlin Thwaites and Sharni Layton, and Australian 21/U goal shooter Gretel Tippett.
“There is a great sense of anticipation and excitement throughout the entire Club and playing group ahead of the new season,” said Rob Wright, who takes the reins after four seasons as the Club’s Assistant Coach.
“During the off-season, seven of the 2014 roster represented Australia in either the Diamonds or Fast5 Flyers, giving NSW Swifts supporters a taste of what to expect from their team in 2014.”
“The ANZ Championship is without doubt the best netball competition in the world and we will be using the next three months to prepare for what will be the most hotly contested season in the competition’s history,” concluded Wright.
The 2014 ANZ Championship season starts three weeks earlier than usual next year in consideration of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which commence in July.
Each of the ten teams will enjoy a bye round and at least six home matches within the 14-week regular season.
ANZ Championship General Manager Andy Crook says preparations for the 2014 ANZ Championship are in full swing.
“It’s an exciting time of the year for the teams as new and returning players come together for the first time as they embark on their first steps towards season seven of the ANZ Championship,” Crook said.
“With the lure of Commonwealth Games selection providing an added motivation heading into the 2014 ANZ Championship season, I believe the standard of competition on court is set to benefit from fitter, faster and stronger athletes.”
NSW Swifts 2014 ANZ Championship Draw
|1||HOME||Sun 2 March||12.18pm||West Coast Fever||Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre|
|2||AWAY||Sun 9 March||7.20pm||Canterbury Tactix||CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch|
|3||AWAY||Mon 17 March||7.48pm||Adelaide Thunderbirds||Netball SA Stadium, Adelaide|
|4||HOME||Sun 23 March||12.18pm||Queensland Firebirds||Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre|
|5||HOME||Mon 31 March||7.48pm||Central Pulse||Sydney Olympic Park
|7||HOME||Sun 13 April||12.18pm||Melbourne Vixens||Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre|
|8||AWAY||Sun 20 April||12.18pm||Queensland Firebirds||BCEC, Brisbane|
|9||HOME||Fri 25 April||1.48pm||Southern Steel||AIS Arena, Canberra|
|10||AWAY||Sun 4 May||12.18pm||Melbourne Vixens||Hisense Arena, Melbourne|
|11||AWAY||Mon 12 May||6.48pm||West Coast Fever||Perth Arena|
|12||HOME||Sun 18 May||2.18pm||Adelaide Thunderbirds||Allphones Arena, Sydney|
|13||HOME||Sun 25 May||2.18pm||Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic||Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre|
|14||AWAY||Sun 1 June||7.20pm||Northern Mystics||The Trusts Arena, Auckland|
*Local match times listed
2014 NSW Swifts Memberships
NSW Swifts Memberships are on sale now.
Supporters wanting to become 2014 members can do so online, or by completing an application form which is downloadable from the membership section of the website. Once completed, either email, fax or post using the details outlined on the application form.
The NSW Swifts Membership team is also available on 02 9951 5000 during business hours (9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday).
2014 NSW Swifts Match Day Ticket Sales
Individual match day tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 4 February, 2014.